Home

Contract Attorneys are the Future of Today’s Job Market
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Typically, a new law school graduate dreams of working for a large law firm with a staggering number of benefits, including a healthy 401(k), medical insurance, and life insurance. In today’s downturned economy, with employers struggling to maintain the expenses associated with employing full-time employees, many lawyers find themselves unemployed.

Fortunately, there may be a new type of lawyer emerging from the legal unemployment rubble – the contract attorney. The concept of a contract attorney is simple: law firms cannot afford to hire full-time employees so they hire attorneys based on temporary or long-term contracts and pay them a flat hourly fee, typically $35.00/hr. While some contract work is on a project-by-project basis, the flexibility of firms hiring contract attorneys is a growing trend in today’s market.

  
What
Where


Many contract attorneys are freelance, meaning they receive compensation on a 1099 independent contractor basis. This helps save employers valuable resources that would otherwise allocate towards large salaries, employee benefits, social security, Medicare, unemployment and labor and industries.

Hiring attorneys on a contract-basis not only appeals to large law firms to help decrease employment costs, but many smaller firms are hiring contract attorneys to help complete legal research, write legal briefs, and provide other services. The benefit for smaller firms is that they are able to accept more work without exponentially increasing their operating costs.

The American Bar Association permits firms to increase the fees charged by the contract attorney providing that the result is a reasonable surcharge to the client. This helps give smaller firms a competitive edge in the legal market, while allowing them to grow.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Contract attorneys remain steadily busy in today’s market. While it may take unemployed seasoned attorneys and new law student graduates’ time to realize this legal field is the wave of the future, the compensation can help pay necessary bills and student loans.

While the work performed by contract attorneys is typically not specialized, but rather a broad range of activities many large firms have realized the valuable resource and commodity contract attorneys provide. For example, high-salaried law associates can focus on more important tasks than document production, assigned to contract attorneys who work for a fraction of the hourly price that firm’s bill for an associate’s valuable time.



While many attorneys are self-employed, versus working for a temporary staffing agency, this does provide greater flexibility to the hired contract attorney. It helps them set a negotiated hourly fee directly with the firm. While some compare this line of work to a legal gypsy, wandering from firm-to-firm on a temporary basis, the downturned economy has helped dictate a need for this type of legal employment.

It is important for unemployed lawyers to be open-minded to this type of work. It might not be an ideal job but it does provide a valuable wealth of real-world experience. Therefore, when the cyclical economy upturns sometime in the future, having seasoned experience under one’s belt is more important than not having any experience at all.



 

RELEVANT JOBS

Immigration Attorney

USA-VA-Alexandria

Full-time Contract Attorney for Hispanic Non-profit Organization in Alexandria, Virginia. Immigratio...

Apply now

Legal Secretary - Corporate / Transactional

USA-CA-San Luis Obispo

Thriving law practice with offices in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles seeks a full-time legal secret...

Apply now

Attorney

USA-AZ-Scottsdale

Full Job Description The ideal candidate will possess the following: 1-5 years of litigation e...

Apply now

Legal Assistant / Paralegal

USA-FL-Miami

Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A. Franchise/Complex Commercial Litigation AV Rated Law Firm is ...

Apply now

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Mid-level Corporate Associate Attorney

USA-MA-Boston

Boston office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks mid-level corporate associate attor...

Apply Now

Workers Compensation Defense Attorney

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks workers compensation defense...

Apply Now

Workers Compensation Defense Attorney-Subrogation

USA-CA-Oakland

Oakland office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks workers compensation defense attor...

Apply Now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top